Annual culinary competition to test high school students from the metro area

Nearly 100 high school students representing 16 Nebraska and Iowa schools will showcase their culinary expertise at the 12th annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway. Teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals and presenting them to judges.

Students will represent the following schools: Adams Central, Bellevue East, Homeschools, Lewis Central, Louisville, Millard West, Milford, Omaha Burke, Omaha Career Center, Omaha Central, Papillion-La Vista South, Plattsmouth, Roncalli  and The Career Academy.

Scholarships, gift certificates, medals and a trophy presented at an awards ceremony  following the competition.  The  invitational  is supported by MCC students, staff and faculty and by leaders in the food and hospitality industries. The event recognizes students for teamwork, excellence in culinary skills and knowledge of the industry. The event showcases the culinary arts and hospitality programs at MCC, which prepare students for careers in the food and hospitality industries. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Open House event to give students a chance to explore

Metropolitan Community College’s Enrollment Services will host an open house on Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets. The event will feature College service specialists in financial aid and program exploration.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take tours of the South Omaha Campus, a location which offers courses in manufacturing, automotive, construction and more fields. Food and entertainment will be provided by the Pancake Man. The Omaha Street Percussion will also be there. There will also be a chance for attendees to register and win one free class worth up to 4.5 credit hours.

For more information, call 531-MCC-2400.

MCC at Do Space named a host site for Nebraska Science Festival

Metropolitan Community College at Do Space, 72nd and Dodge streets, will be a host site for the Nebraska Science Festival this April. The Robotics Showcase and MCC’s Mobile Fab Lab workshops will be held Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The third workshop, Women in Technology, will be held Tuesday, April 25, 6-8 p.m. Each element of the Nebraska Science Festival is free, open to the public and intended for all ages. 

Each workshop will focus on STEM subjects utilizing interactive stations with 3-D printers, robots, high-tech equipment, laser cutters and more. The workshops are part of the Nebraska Science Festival, a week’s worth of events that take place across the state.

Last year’s Nebraska Science Festival topped more than 17,600 attendees at 48 different sites across the state. The festival also features informative speakers in the field of STEM and  other fun, hands-on experiences like beer making and kite making. 

Stay tuned for further announcements about MCC’s role with Nebraska Science Festival. For more information, visit